2 Sep 2019

"Wongwien Lek" Photo Walk

Hiatus. Long. Prolonged. Ended. At least so far as one click means the eye saw and the finger moved. It's not that I was not taking pictures I felt satisfied with lately, it's that I simply forgot I ever held a camera in my hands, and I mean any kind of camera (my phone is one, for all that matters, and it's always mere centimeters from me, yet I always neglect it that function). It's fruitless trying to explain why I found myself again in such a photographic wasteland, for this has not been the first time (and attending to the statistics, neither will be the last), so, rather than going over the void, let's keep things easy, straightforward and simple: I went out again, I took some pictures, and, what is most important, I enjoyed it.

In or out?, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Petals, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
A morning walk, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Catching the sunlight, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Passerbies, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Passerby, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
The fisherboy, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
The fisher II, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Mother's love, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Son's excitement, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Still life, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Still life II, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Bricks, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Poles and circles, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Through the fence, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
The awning, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Photowalks, if you happen to live in a city with them, can be a blessing, since they make it easy to defeat lack of purpose and grant you a great opportunity to discover new areas of your own city besides interacting with like-minded people. No more self-indulgence or lame excuses: just get up early on a Sunday morning, and off you go with the camera in your hands ready for a stroll with a machine that, despite what it could look like, it should be your best friend while out shooting, someone (or something) that brings you joy and not fatigue. How ironic that one should not do more often what he or she actually enjoys so much once things are in motion! Hopefully there will be more photowalks ahead (either in a group or by myself), so I hope the rust in my phalanges will gradually peel off and–who knows?–maybe even bid me farewell, at least for a while.

Geometry, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Good luck!, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Urban arrangement, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
The cyclist, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
On feet and flip-flops, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Pushing, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Striped, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Team work, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Team work II, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
The carrier, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm

9 May 2019

Somewhere in Nocturnal China

Even though our main goal in our first visit to China was to do some trekking in the mountains and explore 2 National Parks we had heard so much about (Zhangjiajie and Tianmensan National Parks, as you can see in the previous post here), we also found some time to walk around the cities where we stayed once the night had fallen and the street lamps (ubiquitous in this country wherever you go, as if it were Christmas every night of the year) had been lit. The same way a candle only breaths its most endearing power in the darkness, places that seemed totally unremarkable to us in our busy commute from hotel to station in the morning or early evening, became unique, alluring and photogenic surrounded by neon lights and lanterns.

Undisturbed Love, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 15mm
Taiping Street I, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 15mm
Taiping Street II, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 15mm
Taiping Street III, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 15mm
The Seller I, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
The Seller II, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Handiwork, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 15mm
We were always tired at the end of a day full of walking with a backpack, but it was a completely rewarding experience to wander around the city streets at night, since the colors, views and particularly the smells were completely different from those of the day, showing a new face that we would have missed if we had decided to simply sleep to recover energy for the following day's excursion. It's definitely worth giving night-China a chance, for most of its most peculiar tastes and flavors (of all sorts) can only be experienced then. And don't fear, night is not a synonym of obscurity in this country, for the lights will accompany you wherever you go lighting up the atmosphere (sometimes a tiny bit too much for my taste) with multiple and unexpected hues.

Yellow Dragon Cave, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 15mm
The Lantern and the Bridge, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 15mm
Lantern Tree, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
The Boats, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 15mm
Reflections in Fenghuang I, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 15mm
Reflections in Fenghuang II, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
The Crossing, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm